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Towards Measuring the Volume Output of Education and Health Services: A Handbook


  • Paul Schreyer



The measurement of volumes of health and education services constitutes a challenge for national accountants and price statisticians. In the past, such services have typically been measured by the inputs used to provide them but such an approach neglects any productivity changes in service provision. An increasing number of countries is now working towards output-based measures of the volume of these services. The present document summarises country practices and provides methodological guidance for output-based approaches in the measurement of health and education services. The handbook deals with volume changes over time within a country as well as with volume differences at a particular point in time across countries. La mesure des volumes de services de la santé et de l’éducation constitue un défi pour les comptables nationaux et les statisticiens des prix. Dans le passé, de tels services ont été typiquement mesurés par les entrants employées pour les fournir mais une telle approche néglige tous les changements de productivité dans la production de service. Un nombre croissant de pays travaille maintenant vers des mesures basées sur une notion de ‘output’ de ces services. Le présent document récapitule des pratiques en matière de pays et fournit des conseils méthodologiques pour des approches ‘output’ dans la mesure des services de santé et d'éducation. Le manuel traite des changements de volume temporels au sein d’un pays aussi bien que les différences de volume à un moment particulier à travers des pays.

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  • Paul Schreyer, 2010. "Towards Measuring the Volume Output of Education and Health Services: A Handbook," OECD Statistics Working Papers 2010/2, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:stdaaa:2010/2-en

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    1. Wulong Gu & Jiang Li, 2015. "Productivity in Residential Care Facilities in Canada, 1984-2009," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 29, pages 18-37, Fall.
    2. Gang Liu, 2015. "A stylized satellite account for human capital," Discussion Papers 816, Statistics Norway, Research Department.

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